- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Nick Tropeano was cruising along until things fell apart in the fifth inning.

After going 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the first 3 1/2 games of the series, the Chicago White Sox broke through with a five-run outburst and went on to an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

“Obviously, that one big inning kind of hurt me,” Tropeano said after the White Sox avoided a four-game sweep and ended a strike of eight straight losses at Angel Stadium.

“There were a couple of balls up and couple of tough breaks off contact hits. But other than that, I felt good the first four innings. I was getting ahead of hitters and keeping them off balance. I just fell into some bad counts in that fifth inning.”

Tropeano (1-2) retired only one of the seven batters he faced in the fifth.

“We’re always searching for that kind of inning because it takes the pressure off the pitchers, and it takes a little stress off our manager after all of these one-run and two-run games,” said Adam LaRoche, who capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the eighth against Cam Bedrosian. “Tonight we were able to put a big one together, and that was enough.”

LaRoche started the pivotal rally with a leadoff single that snapped a personal 1-for-24 drought. Alexei Ramirez followed with another single, and a bunt hit by Soto loaded the bases.

No. 9 hitter Carlos Sanchez gave Chicago the lead with an RBI single, Adam Eaton hit a sacrifice fly and Tyler Saladino singled home another run.

“Nick definitely lost his fastball command a little bit,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He was changing speeds early, but he wasn’t able to do that in the fifth inning. It just gets down to fastball command. If he can get fastballs in good spots, it opens up his whole game. And that left him a little bit in the fifth.”

Jose Abreu, who leads the White Sox with 73 RBIs, then lined a ball past third base that appeared to hit the line and was ruled foul by umpire Dana DeMuth. Chicago manager Robin Ventura challenged the call, which was overturned after a video review, and Abreu was awarded a two-run double that made it 6-1.

“It can get to a point where you don’t feel like you’re getting a break here and there, but that’s a part of having replay. You can take a look at it,” Ventura said. “It would be a lot different if you weren’t able to. This one was overturned, and it went our way.”

Eaton opened the game with a double and scored on a groundout by Abreu, giving Chicago its first lead in the series after losing the first three games 2-1, 5-3 and 1-0.

“We tried to focus on the positive and on this one, instead of the three previous games. And we’re really happy about what we saw today,” Soto said.

The Angels responded with a one-out RBI double by Mike Trout against Jose Quintana, the 22nd first-inning run the left-hander has allowed this season and the 88th against the White Sox staff - the second-highest total in the majors.

The Angels loaded the bases in the third with a two-out single by Kole Calhoun and walks to Trout and Albert Pujols. But Quintana (7-10) retired C.J. Cron on a fielder’s choice grounder.

Quintana allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings, struck out three and walked two - marking the 15th consecutive start in which he gave up fewer than three bases on balls.

“He attacks the zone and keeps the ball down,” batterymate Geovany Soto said. “He knows how to pitch. Despite being as young as he is, he really knows how to do his job and knows how to prepare for a major league game. And he’s only going to get better from here.”

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (11-7) faces Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Friday night at Seattle in the opener of a three-game series. Sale is coming off a 3-1 win over the Cubs in which he pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and tied a career high with 15 strikeouts.

Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (7-6) opposes Toronto’s David Price on Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at the “Big A,” seeking his first victory since July 20. The first-time All-Star is 0-2 with a 5.08 ERA in his last five starts.


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